What’s more important than education?
I am running for WSD Trustee in Ward 7 because I care deeply about education and feel it is the most important system in our society. At a time when our society is struggling with alarming poverty rates, children are often the ones who feel it most. Our hyper-modern, hi-tech speed can be stressful on families -children especially – and we need to encourage more outdoor- and community-based learning, to satisfy children’s natural curiosity in their worlds.
Redesigning our use of school space to transform our communities
We can transform our schools and our school properties into shared community learning places. We already are heating and cooling our buildings all day and should be using the spaces after hours and in summers to facilitate workshops that teach the skills necessary for us to transform the fabric of our society into a more ecological, socially just and caring one. Once children see their families, neighbours and communities at large starting to care more for our shared world, this cooperative spirit will inspire the current generation of students to build a more sustainable world for all.
“Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.” -Arundhati Roy
As a parent, as a citizen
I would consider serving as school trustee to be a sacred communal responsibility and would use my networking abilities, past involvement in many local movements, and my research skills to highlight how WSD can use its collective resources to redesign our system in light of the social, ecological, and economic crises disrupting the environment in which we are raising our children.
As my own son starts to attend nursery in Ward 7, I am in it for the long haul.